Friday, 30 October 2015
Interview with Bob and Roberta Smith at William Morris Gallery
Interview: Bob and Roberta Smith
Art Is Your Human Right: The Artistic Campaigns of Bob and Roberta Smith
William Morris Gallery
16 October 2015 - 31 January 2016
Bob and Roberta Smith’s art has long been of a political nature. In 2013, he hosted an Art Party conference in Scarborough, seeking to advocate the benefits of the arts. In the UK’s recent general election, he stood against Michael Gove. His text-based works, often referred to as “slogan art”, comprise placards and banners, letters to MPs (in large, bright lettering on boards rescued from skips) and golem-like structures. With London’s mayoral elections approaching, Smith is once again pounding his drum. This time, he is not taking the frontline, but sees his role as, first, encouraging others to become involved and, second, heckling politicians to include the arts in their manifestos.
Read the interview here